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Leptospermum scoparium

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Belonging to the Leptospermum genus, Manuka has a botanical name of Leptospermum scoparium. The botanical name epithet scoparium means 'like a twig broom'.

The Manuka trees produce an essential oil that is used as a potent natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.1

Manuka is a flowering ornamental / flower evergreen, it will keep its leaves throughout the year.

Manuka is known for its bushy habit and growing to a height of approximately 4.88 metres (15.85 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

Australia is believed to be where Manuka originates from.

Be aware that Manuka typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Manuka have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Manuka

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Use some pine bark mulch (1 inch thick) to suppress weeds, hold in moisture and acidify the soil. Leave a 1 1/2 inch gap between the mulch and the base of the trunk.

Enjoys a full sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Manuka is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Manuka to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Manuka from seed

Transplanting Manuka

As Manuka is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Manuka Folklore & Trivia

Manuka trees are cultivated in Australia for manuka honey when the bees gather the nectar from its flowers and for the pharmaceutical industry.1

Other names for Manuka

New zealand tea tree, Dwarf tea bush, Red damask tea tree, broom tea tree

Leptospermum scoparium J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

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fn1: “Wikipedia entry on New Zealand Tea tree”:

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